Expressive red wines at a great value while providing an opportunity to try something new.
Domaine Sarrail Pinot Noir
This wine is a dead ringer for those who enjoy California Pinot Noir. Grown in an area known more as a tourist destination, the medieval city Carcassonne is now making some quality pinot noir and white wines in the Languedoc region of France. A stark contrast from some of the brooding pinots in Burgundy, this bottle is made for the American palate with floral scents of violets, strawberry, dark cherries, and tobacco spice. The palate is juicy but has balanced acidity and fine tannins offers a well rounded palate with appealing length.
Minervois Rouge Cuvée Sentinelle
Ready to expand the palate from the norm? Here’s a good introduction to an earthy, funky red from a certified organic estate that was burned down in the French Revolution. Along with the vineyards The Boudouresques family has fields of lavender, thyme and rosemary that imparts their impression onto their wine for which this bottle is usually 2/3rds Syrah and 1/3rd Carignan. The aromas offer leather, blueberries, lavender, black pepper, hoisin sauce, espresso. The palette has rich fruit, smooth tannins and has just a kiss of funk on the finish.
Altos de la Hoya
Fan of Zinfandel or Carmenere? Monastrell, the native grape of Jumilla in Spain is known for concentrated and lush red wines due to the extreme heat during the summer days that will provide a ton of flavor. Bodegas Olivares was started almost a century ago believing Monastrell to be a well-adapted grape to Jumilla’s poor soils and scarce rains, which would yield distinctive wines that reflected the land’s character. This Monastrell has the aroma of sweet jalapeños with ripe, powerful scents of red and dark fruits, minerals, and spices. It finishes fresh and long, with a repeating dark fruit note and a full, velvety texture that coats your mouth.